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With Measure O Decided, Expect Groundbreaking for Library in 2026

Though planners did work on the downtown Santa Cruz library/housing/parking structure before the Measure O vote, construction probably won’t begin for four years.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full Lookout Local report
Capitola City Council Zooms in on Zoning

There are 14 proposed amendments in total to the previously approved zoning code, ranging from drafting error corrections to substantive changes for addressing previously ambiguous sections.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report

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Objective design standards approved by Santa Cruz City Council

New rules expedite housing development, provide bus passes.


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Watsonville’s urban growth limit extension leads countermeasure

More Watsonville voters have elected to extend the city’s urban growth boundaries for the next 18 years rather than head back to the drawing board and determine a new growth plan, according to initial election results released Tuesday night. As …


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What the Election Means for South County’s Future

Proponents of competing urban growth measures say they have the key to building a better community


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Rio Del Mar Walkway Battle Continues

County says it will appeal recent ruling that allowed homeowners to block walkway


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What Measure O Means for the Future of Downtown

Proponents say the measure is about parking, while opponents say it will set back affordable housing and a new library


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Apprehension Voiced as Downtown Plan Expansion Moves Forward

City officials promise more affordable housing and assure Santa Cruz’s ‘eccentric charm’ will remain intact


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Will Box Stores Change the Culture of Scotts Valley?

Longtime local businesses fear the competition will force them out of the area or close their doors for good


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Details sharpen for Downtown Santa Cruz library, housing project

Plus: Santa Cruz council approves water tie with Scotts Valley


Image caption: It may not seem like it, but California has too many parking spaces.
New Housing and Climate Law Cuts Back on Parking Spaces

There's too much parking! Why a new law, AB 2097, cutting back on parking space requirements in new housing and business developments could be a game changer for the climate, and the housing crisis.


Image caption: Ecology Action promotes alternative transportation year round, not just during Bike Month.
Action Heroes

For half a century, this group has reduced waste, reimagined local transportation and redesigned buildings. It’s all part of Ecology Action’s quest for sustainability.


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